Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Only females survive in military training area

10 August 2006

On a military training area near Havelte (Drenthe) only female specimens of the highly endangered Antennaria dioica survive. This is the remarkable conclusion of a study by IBED-researchers Dr. Gerard Oostermeijer and Dr. Vanessa Lainé in co-operation with the Floron foundation.

On a military training area near Havelte (Drenthe) only female specimens of the highly endangered Antennaria dioica (common name pussy-toes) survive. This is the remarkable conclusion of a study by IBED-researchers Dr. Gerard Oostermeijer and Dr. Vanessa Lainé in co-operation with the Floron foundation. A few years ago, male individuals were still present in the area, but these have disappeared. With the absence of males in Havelte the extinction of the species from the terrain is only a matter of time.

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